Move over Michelin Guides, when it comes to judging the world's best
restaurants there's a far-more exclusive list. For the past 15 years, The World's 50 Best Restaurants list has evolved into the restaurant world’s version of the Oscars. Each year, The World's 50 Best Restaurants
compiles a list of the 100-best restaurants anywhere from a panel of
regional food writers, critics, chefs, restaurateurs and gastronomy
experts. This year, the list includes restaurants from 22 countries
across five continents - France, Spain and the USA each have six
restaurants on the list. For 2017, Eleven Madison Park helmed by Swiss-born chef Daniel Humm in New York was awarded the No.1 spot - a coup for an American restaurant.
The award for Eleven Madison Park comes on the heels of its recently announced June 10th closure in order to make improvements to its kitchen and expand its current bar area. Architect Brad Cloepfil, who penned the Museum of Arts and Design at Columbus Circle and is a regular of the restaurant, will oversee the changes. In the meantime, the restaurant will pack its bags and head to the summer Hamptons for a thematic beach pop-up in East Hampton's former Moby’s space. EMP House “will offer indoor and outdoor seating with a seafood-focused menu and, under a big tent out back, lobster rolls, burgers, salads, and grilled fish.” Diners can reserve large-format meals including Humm's version of a fried chicken dinner or even a lobster boil. An additional bar service will feature a mixology menu and games like cornhole on the beach. Just remember to bring your American Express card, it's the only currency accepted to pay or even hold reservations.
Another pop-up making headlines is Copenhagen's acclaimed Noma that’s popped-up in Mexico through May 28th. A former #1 on The 50 Best Restaurants list, Noma Mexico finds its way to Tulum where bohos and fashionistas are currently scrambling to find a ticket into its open-air dining room and kitchen of grills and ovens that were built on-site just for its seven-week residency. Early reviews include raves by Momofuku-chef David Chang that touted it the best pop-up to date. While the Noma Mexico pop-up is currently sold-out, second-hand tickets do come available and it was recently announced that the bar will offer an à la carte menu each night that is on a first-come basis. Now go eat!